Venus (aka Aphrodite, Ishtar, Inanna, Astarte) and the Wicked Step-Mother & Evil Grandmother

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming(guided compilation) I know a lot about Venus this lifetime as a woman, mainly because I had one of two lifetimes, that caused great destruction to my feminine soul, back in ancient Rome. I know first hand from a lifetime of healing my soul (from his life in building the Patriarch), where old men and maidens ruled as they have done for two millennium, the price was great to walk away in all forms this life and that life. With my birth this lifetime, I have honored the goddess and my sisters, my mother and grandmothers, as far back as I can remember. 

If you only take one thing from this article, let it be this…

Venus was created not born, just like Jesus
who had no birth father, she had no birth Mother,
nor Grandmother, nor matriarchal lineage,
nor ancestors. She was created, fashioned,
designed and birth by ancient men for men,
built for a Kingdom of Patriarchs. As Maidens
in the form of a maiden, mother or wise woman,
and seeks freedom today…. some will win and
some will loose. Power and Control does not
like to play the parts of a loser.

That is dark poetry, right there.

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In my long profession creating sacred circles for women since the early nineties, I have always honors the goddess this lifetime, because it was my fate and for my soul’s  evolution. When we go on a healing journey as women, after the maiden stage is over at thirty, there is so much depth to the path of self healing, rather than what we have today which seems to be self selfies. I want all my sisters to heal, especially the Millennials. 

Our story of the animism roots, shamanic roots, then pagan roots, evolved into the goddess cultures and lastly the patriarch. Venus is a story of our past and past lives and more closer to the real “inner child issue” than a goddess woman.  The patriarch had fashioned her with their finger tips, maybe not the same as scientists creating test tube babies, but the two are definitely linked by mythology as in “art reflects life and life reflects art.”

There are many stages that we must walk to understand our fears, weaknesses and strengths as women, we are born to be developed, to expand, to understand pain and to embrace our gifts of healing that pain.  As goddess lover, nature worshipper, a whisperer of the winds who has honored mother earth first before any human religion, any man or any ancient philosopher, I bowed to the sacred first, said no to the easy and accepted and went on a journey to seek the unseekable. Understanding her stories was a passion until I began to see the flaws in her story as I matured spiritually.

Doing ceremony and facilitating goddess circles has been a great pleasure of mine, sometimes a driven need to know what the goddess truly represented, in real terms and actions. She represents The Earth  (first), then nature and animals and birds and lastly woman. It took a lot of experience, mystical experiences and experiences of the consciousness of nature herself to understand that first hand and I told myself to always serve mother earth first, even before any goddess, for she is greater than woman but is also a mirror in the ways that we work when we reach for the mystical and divine. 

Venus and Aphrodite as we all know, is an ancient Greek goddess of Love, Beauty, Youth, Pleasure and Procreation. In astro-mythology, she is identified with the planet Venus (the signs of Taurus and Libra), with whom Aphrodite was extensively syncretized.

Aphrodite’s major symbols include Myrtles, Roses, Doves, Sparrows and Swans. Her symbols were also the lion, the horse, the sphinx and a star within a circle indicating the ruling planet. Aphrodite’s main cult centers were in Cyprus, Cythera, Corinth, and Athens. The cult of Aphrodite was very large and expansive, probably the largest on earth in all pagan cultures as they turned into patriarchal cultures.

She derived originally from the Phoenician Goddess Astarte, who was a cognate Eastern Semitic goddess Ishtar, a cult based on the Sumerian cult of Inanna. Astarte was connected with fertility, sexuality, and war. But we have to understand that there is the Patriarch’s war culture with four billion books to prove it, but war to woman is not men’s world, war is entrusted upon her of the war within.

In other words, emotional truth, the senses, the empathic ability to read emotional information of lies and truth and much more is so important today. We are in auspicious times today, as the end of the patriarch has already occurred, so we have to think and act auspicious to keep our hearts with the truth of our health and well being. 

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Hesiod’s Theogony says Aphrodite is born off the coast of Cythera from the foam (aphros) produced by Uranus’s genitals, which his son Cronus (Saturn) has severed and thrown into the sea. In Homer’s Iliad, however, she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione which came later. Plato, in his Symposium 180e, asserts that these two origins actually belong to separate entities: Aphrodite Ourania (a transcendent, “Heavenly” Aphrodite) and Aphrodite Pandemos (Aphrodite common to “all the people”).

Aphrodite had many other epithets, each emphasizing a different aspect of the same goddess, or used by a different local cult. Thus she was also known as Cytherea (Lady of Cythera) and Cypris (Lady of Cyprus), due to the fact that both locations claimed to be the place of her birth.

Aphrodite was also the surrogate mother and lover of the mortal shepherd Adonis, who was killed by a wild boar. Along with Athena and Hera, Aphrodite was one of the three goddesses whose feud resulted in the beginning of the Trojan War and she plays a major role throughout the Iliad. In other words, when men destroyed society, they also blamed it on Aphrodite (Venus). A real love hate relationship.

But as in all things expressed two-thousand years later of anything, the shadows rising of the Patriarch, even Venus, Ishtar, Astarte and Aphrodite too has a dark past. It is because the ancient fathers and grandfathers left out one very important thing when they were building their Kingdoms and a Goddess that would serve them. They created the Maiden Goddess, who would be the one who stands next to the King or in their bed, at the cost of every woman on the planet.

Venus, Ishtar, Astarte, Aphrodite and Inanna never had a Mother (which means no Grandmother either). This means that the Maiden who honored Aphrodite Venus, Goddess of Beauty, Love, Money and Sex in early Temples, did so with a deity that was alien and foreign for the first time on earth. Venus had no past, no connection to earth,  no story, no family, no ancestral roots, no protection from men when needing it, which eventually turned against her as she left the maiden stage and entered the next stage of life.

Then Venus’ own evolution into mother and grandmother stages of life became a a very complicated one. She ultimately became the evil mother, the evil witch, the evil stepmother and the wicked grandmother that we know today in stories, fairy tales, mythos centered stories and movies (like horror slashers) of woman that we must live in real life in our own life.

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Aphrodite is also the patron goddess of prostitutes and look how that is treated, the lowest of the lowest and rules the sex slave business and kidnapping and selling maidens for money around the world. It is no surprise that one of the biggest porn sites for men is motherless dot com… Venus, Aphrodite, Ishtar and Inanna certainly appeased what the changing society into a patriarch, demanded. The early patriarch had set the root foundation of woman’s destruction, and the next round of atrocities in the middle ages were even worse … 

Sharon Hanna from the University of Windsor says: “I argue that the witch hunts of sixteenth and seventeenth-century Germany evolved into the manifestation of a gendered power struggle as the male hierarchy attempted to re-assert their authority in a context of religious upheaval and class conflict.

Contemporary texts such as Malleus Maleficarum, trial records, and letters between religious elites demonstrate that women were targeted as witches due to the fact that their societal roles were perceived as threats to the established power relationship between the sexes.

The portrayals of witches as malevolent mothers (and grandmothers), heretics, and sexual deviants were accusations levied by an insecure patriarchal structure to subjugate women who were not conforming to increasingly conservative paradigms of femininity and masculine rule.

I ground my arguments in historio-graphical context, followed by exploring the general atmosphere in which the witch-hunts started. I show that an anxious German male hierarchy used the pretext of the language and values around witchcraft as a way to exert social control over male-female power relationships and reinforce conventional domestic ideals in a context of socio-political uncertainty.”

So how does all this affect our Psyche today, with our past so imbued in corruption, flagellation, slavery and demotion as adult women?

Aphrodite had a son named Eros (equivalent to Venus’ son Cupid). The Son of Aphrodite and Ares is Eros of these later myths are the Erotes. Eros was associated with athleticism and statues erected in gymnasia, and “was often regarded as the protector of homo-sexual love between men.”

Eros was also depicted as often carrying a lyre or bow and arrow, accompanied by dolphins, flutes, roosters, roses, and torches. The Goddess of Love, not birthed by a woman, births a gay son. This says that men who adored venus or average men who lust after models and twenty year old women generally are homophobic. That is a very complicated archetype.

The Mother Goddess Hera addresses Athena:
“We must have a word with Aphrodite, let us go together and ask her to persuade her child Eros, if that is possible, to loose an arrow at Aeetes’ daughter, Medea of the many spells, and make her fall in love with Jason ” (3rd century bce) “He, Eros smites maidens’ breasts with unknown heat, and bids the very gods leave heaven and dwell on earth in borrowed forms.”  Medea when she was a maiden, betrayed her father, King Aeëtes of Colchis and used her magic to help Jason attain the Golden Fleece, which made him a hero.

Ten years later with two children, Jason rejected his wife Medea because he fell in love and wanted to marry the maiden daughter of the King of Corinth. This is where the evil witch began and Medea was the first magical woman who was cast out as an evil witch by two very powerful men. m

The story of Eros & Psyche has a longstanding tradition as a folktale of the ancient Greco-Roman world, long before it was committed to literature in Apuleius’ Latin novel, The Golden Ass. The novel itself is written in a picaresque Roman style, yet Psyche retains her Greek name. Eros and Aphrodite are called by their Latin names (Cupid and Venus), and Cupid is depicted as an older youth rather than a child.

When her son Cupid found a human to love (Psyche), one whose beauty rivaled hers — Aphrodite did all in her power to thwart the marriage. Right here is the birth of the evil step-mother and all the tales that followed. Psyche was worshiped for her beauty in her homeland and when this was lost, it drove Aphrodite mad, so she sent a plague and let it be known the only way the land could get back to normal was to sacrifice Psyche.

The king, who was Psyche’s father, tied Psyche up and left her to her death at the hands of some presumed fearsome monster. You may note that this isn’t the first time in Greek mythology that this happened. This is what happens when adult women and grandmothers are not in the circle with maidens, they go mad, get sick, drown in drama and there is no one to pull them back to safety because remember, Venus has no mother or grandmother.

The wish of men who created the patriarch and the sun cult, was at all cost, to rid the power of adult women and grandmothers with their truth and wisdom, and it has backfired to the point of men having heart attacks in front of the Botticelli’s Venus painting in Italy. That’s not from the power of beauty, that is from past life karma of destroying woman, and making laws that she must obey, not own land and keep quiet. Of course Venus had to leave the maiden stage eventually and turn into mothers themselves, and this is where the problems began.

Cailleach is a Scottish goddess that rules the land in winter, one of her birds is the swan

In Eros’s story with Venus’s daughter, Eros instead falls in love with Psyche and spirits her away to his home. Their fragile peace is ruined by a visit from Psyche’s jealous sisters, who cause Psyche to betray the trust of her husband. Wounded, Eros leaves his wife, and Psyche wanders the Earth, looking for her lost love. Eros turns gay for the love of men.

Aphrodite imposed a series of difficult tasks on her daughter Psyche, which she was able to achieve by means of “supernatural” assistance which opened another aspect of problems for the soul. After successfully completing these tasks, Aphrodite relents and Psyche becomes immortal to live alongside her husband Eros who was gay.  Together they had a daughter called Voluptas or Hedone (meaning physical pleasure, or physical bliss) ie Hedonism). In Greek mythology, Psyche was the deification of our human Soul and she was in pretty bad shape for being the meaning and the goddess that represented our Soul.

Following the etymology of the word “money”, which Vesta ruled, not Venus but even the great Vesta and all her Temples, fell to Venus’s control in communities. Money has a curious relationship to the word Monster (a warning from the gods), and seem to have related roots. The dysfunctional family of divinely rooted words, the etymology of Monster gives us a good picture of monstrum which means:

“An Omen, Supernatural being or object that is an omen or warning of the will of the gods and goddesses.” 

Monstrum, as it turns out, is derived from monere, “to warn or to advise, particularly in a divine sense,” and the same root as money.  Monster entered the English language around the 12th century from Old French term Monstre, and it appears that we developed Venus and Wicked Grandmother (Vasalissa and Baba Yaga) into its next levels of punishment of woman. Monstre was used in Middle English as either an evil omen or frightening physical deformity well into modern English when it became monster.

Men have their own fairytales like The Scarlet Flower (Beauty and the Beast), but in the Russian tale, its her Immortal Soul, in Beauty and the Beast, its just her physical Heart to support a Monster and stay with him so she can “change him”. Still believe that Venus portrait gives men heart attack? No its their own soul’s karma. How many young women think they can change a man in a relationship? All when young, not so much after forty.

One of the earliest examples of monster being used in the sense that it is used today appeared in 1385 in Chaucer’s “Legend of Good Women” when discussing a Minotaur that inhabits the underworld:

This Mynos hadde a monstre, a wicked beast (man),
That was so crewel that, without rest,
when that man was brought in his presence,
he would have no defence.

Monster came to also mean “huge, enormous” around the 1500s and soon came to describe things that were figuratively absurd, such as a particularly disturbing thought. While the original meaning of monstrum as an omen is no longer present in the modern monster, this sense lingers on in words derived from the OF and ME monstre like a premonition, demonstrate and muster.”

Aphrodite and Venus, the motherless and grandmotherless one, was portrayed in ancient mosaics as a Goddess with Butterfly wings (because psyche was the Ancient Greek word for ‘butterfly’) which meant the endless Maiden, the eternal youth symbol which becomes the nightmare of Psyche eternally looking for her soul. The mythology to projected onto woman never to grow up and to attain adult power and then wisdom (as grandmother), after she left the maiden stage. Thus she would lose benefits in society outside of marriage in a Patriarchal system if she did. This was and still is to some degree a double edged sword for women of ancient cultures.

The Greek word psyche literally means “Soul, Spirit, Breath, Life and Animating Force (animism from the soul)”. Why would a motherless goddess, who was too young for power, be given the greatest seat, where wisdom of the wise elder grandmothers sat, and replace her in the great Patriarch? Because maidens are powerless and can be influenced by the powers of not only men, but community of women against other women, older women and even peers and this always keeps the circle of woman broken.

This was the power of the Dionysus Cult 101, accomplishment through paganism which spread like wildfire into ever pagan culture on earth. Relationship issues on the emotional side, rather than rational can even be seen and connected with Social Media today. Venus rules Libra endeavors in love for all of us, our social behaviors, the graces of communication. Is that shown on social media today? Because that is what Venus rules.

The philosopher Aristippus (born c. 435 bce, Cyrene, Libya – died 366 bce, Athens), was one of the disciples of Socrates. He was the founder of the first Cyrenaic School of Hedonism, the ethics of pleasure. I imagine around the same time, Hindu men also took over grandmothers temples and started teaching pleasure for venus maidens also (Tantra).
Aristippus believed that the good life rests upon the belief that among human values pleasure is the highest and pain the lowest and one that should be avoided.

This of courses ended up in lying, deceit and avoidance of relationships with maiden girls by adult men and grandfather aged men. He also warned his students to avoid inflicting, as well as suffering, pain, which was good of him but it didn’t work because somethings control issues is a part of relationships and when the maiden is a teen or early twenties, an older man has all the control.

Aristippus said pleasure, regardless of sex with children should be sought. Like Socrates, Aristippus took great interest in practical ethics. While he believed that men should dedicate their lives to the pursuit and enjoyment of pleasure, he also believed that they should use good judgment and exercise self-control to temper their powerful human sexual desires. His motto was: “I possess, I am not possessed.”

So how does one accomplish Hedonism (in relationship or business)? Avoid, retreat away from, swim in the river of denial or in worse cases get rid of any challengers that its not healthy, truthful or morally right. Remove the mother and grandmother and solely focus on the fountain of youth to emulate pleasure.


Motherless Venus and Aphrodite rule Pleasure
During the middle ages, Christian philosophers largely denounced Epicurean hedonism, which they believed was inconsistent with the Christian emphasis on avoiding sin, doing God’s will, and developing the Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity. Renaissance philosophers such as Erasmus (1466-1536) revived hedonism and argued that its emphasis on pleasure was in fact compatible with God’s wish for humans to be happy.

In his famous work Utopia (1516), British philosopher Thomas More (1478-1535) explains that “the chief part of a person’s happiness consists of pleasure.” Like Erasmus, More defends hedonism on religious grounds and argues that, not only did God design us to be happy, but that uses our desire for happiness to motivate us to behave morally.

More importantly More distinguishes between pleasures of the mind, and pleasures of the body. He also argues that we should pursue pleasures that are more naturally grounded, so that we do not become preoccupied with artificial luxuries. In the 18th century, the moral theme of pleasure and happiness was more systematically explored by Francis Hutcheson (1694-1747) and David Hume (1711-1776), whose theories were precursors to utilitarianism.

But Hedonism and Christianity are men’s pleasures and have nothing to do with women, maidens or grandmothers. The philosophical battle of what men think is good for men and women.

Aphrodite and Venus have now changed, in our long two-thousand year domination of woman, feminism rose, including Dark Venus which started in the mid to late 1800s. And this was the first time when woman’s surrender wasn’t going to happen. It couldn’t be stopped, as the mother energy was rising on earth and Venus Aphrodite was going to have a mother and grandmother whether she or men liked it or not.

Most women and some men, adopted what feminism stands for in its earliest beginnings up to today’s issues. Laws around health, equal opportunity, freedom to be educated, honoring the feminine spirit, nature’s healthcare, alternative healing choices, natural food, children and mothers be safe in an unsafe world. This was for all races, cultures, genders and colors of those who wanted to actually participate. Many did not.

To understand where we are at now, Aphrodite was birthed near Paphos, on the island of Cyprus and according to Greek myth, Uranus and Gaia had a son named Cronus (Saturn) and he castrated Uranus (because of his Idealism), and threw his father’s testicles into the Sea and thus appeared the most famous and widespread Goddess on earth Venus Rising.

According to Pausanias, her worship was introduced to Paphos from Syria; but originally was of Phoenician origin. Before it was proved by archaeology it was understood that the cult of Aphrodite (Venus) had been established before the time of Homer (700 bce), as the groves and altar are mentioned in the Odyssey.

Archaeology has established that Cypriots venerated a fertility goddess before the arrival of the Greeks in a cult that combined Aegean and eastern mainland aspects. Female figurines and charms were found in the immediate vicinity date as far back as the early third millennium. The temenos was well established before the first structures were erected in the Late Bronze Age:

There was an unbroken continuity of the cult from that time up until 391 ce when the Roman Emperor Theodosius outlawed all goddess pagan religions and the sanctuary fell into the ruins in which we find it today. So at first Maiden was a pawn for the building of the Patriarch to replaced Grandmother and powerful Mothers, and then Maiden was kicked out by Religion, 1,100 years later. The pagan women let her go and reinstated Medusa / Hekate to her rightful position as their Queen, but the artists couldn’t let her go, she was their forth, the muse of beauty and youth in art, music and movies.


The Corruption of the Swan
The last thing I want to share is another powerful symbol of woman and her beauty. The Swan, as it was never Jupiter’s (God / Zeus) totem or animism soul, he stole that from the Maiden. In totem and animism (our animal or bird soul) teachings, Swan represents grace, powerful boundaries and beauty. When the boundaries were removed (Black Venus), grace and beauty and pleasure is all that is left.

Writers and poets finished the destruction off to continue the corruption to keep the focus on destroying the soul of the youth, so when they become mothers and then grandmothers, their is no warrior spirit left of woman. The Patriarch Campaign against woman and her future children was 100% successful and fulfilled.

This is a much deeper soul issue in shamanism, in regards to the swan, who rules that moment after death into the rebirth of any parts of our self, and one must learn how to deal with the consequences about how to heal karma that we created twenty years ago or two lifetimes ago.

I teach animism as a living practice to my apprentices as a shaman because it is the mystery. And in the other half of the world, of mothers and grandmothers, the Soul is something to protect, not abuse and women are still abused all over the world as the patriarch slowly begins its dissolve and descent. The motto is, save your soul young maiden and mothers and grandmother too.

Karma has led to the shadow of our soul and our soul has many aspects, think of it as schizophrenia in that there is a the purest part (20%) we reincarnate with, the shadow and demonic aspects of our soul (in the underworld) and the the remaining pure light (divine) part in the upperworld. Depending upon our soul’s evolution, it can be more dark, more light or somewhere in the middle.

So, with the Zeus, Apollo and Dionysus Cults, Shamanism, Animism and Woman was corrupted and destroyed and the shadow (astral demon) soul can enter one’s bird, or animal or oceanid soul and steal it, by having sex with you or from rape, or stealing it in your dreams if you do drugs, pot, shamanic plants, alcohol etc because you are not aware of the thief, the sorcerer. A sorcerer is the dark side of a bad shaman and I have seen many real cases to help others where their animism souls were stolen by “good faced, dark soul” teachers, shamans and alike.

Protect your soul by practicing healthy and moral boundaries and teach your children well to do the same. In this world, we have to use “all of our senses”.

Shamanic Rape of Lada
Zeus stole her animism Swan, and raped her innocence,
her dream (soul body) in the form of astral rape. 

Leda and the Swan

Venus’s Motherless Cult of Dionysus, spread like Wildfire everywhere on earth, in every temple and circle. Be she a goddess, an idol, an effigy or a planet…

Ahsabkab – Mayan name for morning Venus.

Alajen – Alajen, a Talysh river deity.
Albys – Tuvan/Altay river deity.
Anuket – Egyptian river goddess.
Apisuahts Vallis – Blackfoot/Algonquian
name for planet Venus.
Austrina – Latvian name for planet Venus.
Avfruvva – Saami river goddess.
Baltis – Syrian word for planet Venus.
Banumbirr – Arnhem Land,
Aboriginal word for planet Venus.
Bastryk – Bastryk, a Kumyk river deity.
Bayara – Dogon word for planet Venus.
Belisama – Celtic river goddess.
Bennu – Egyptian word for planet Venus.
Chasca – Quechua name for planet Venus.
Citlalpul – Aztec name for planet Venus.
Dilbat – Assyro-Babylonian name for planet Venus.
Dzyzlan – Abkhazian river goddess.
Fara – Malagasy water goddess.
Fetu-ao – Samoan name for planet Venus.
Fufei – Chinese goddess of the Lo River.
Ganga – Hindu goddess of the sacred river Ganges.
Gendenwitha – Iroquois name for planet Venus.
Helmud – Afghan river goddess.
Hoku-ao – Hawaiian name for planet Venus.
Ikhwezi – Zulu name for planet Venus.
 Jutrzenka – Polish name for planet Venus.
Kallistos – Ancient Greek name for planet Venus.
Kimtinh – Vietnamese word for Venus.
Kinsei – Japanese name for planet Venus.
Koidutäht – Estonian name for Venus.
Kumanyefie – Ewe name for Venus.
Ku-msong – Korean name for Venus.
Laidamlulum – Maidu name for morning Venus.
Lunang – Nuristani goddess
Lusaber – Armenian name for Venus.
Morongo – Makoni name of Venus as evening star.
Nahid – Persian name for planet Venus.
Ngyandu – Swahili name for planet Venus.
Poranica – Slovene word for Venus
Sholpan – Kazakh and Karakalpak name of planet Venus.
Ta’urua – Tahitian word for the planet Venus.
Tai-pe – Chinese name for planet Venus.
Tan-yondozo – Bashkir name for planet Venus.
Tawera – Māori name for planet Venus.

Tesserae – areas of polygonal terrain.They are
named after goddesses in world mythologies.

Umaga – Old Tagal name for planet Venus.
Uottakh-sulus – Yakutian/Sakha
name for planet Venus.
Utrenitsa – Old Russian name for planet Venus.
Vakarine Vallis – Lithuanian word for planet Venus.
Veden-Ema – Finnish goddess of fishing.
Vesper – Latin name for evening Venus.
Xulab – Mayan name for planet Venus.

Short and wonderful video lecture by Rebecca Balcarcel
Leda and the Swan by William Butler Yeats

Sources: First photo: Artists Photographers Nina Gorfer and Sarah Cooper, The Weather DiariesAurora Album Cover, Woman in white, the Immortal Flower by Хорхе Арче, Lana Del Ray, Video Game, Wiki,,, Audrey Helen Weber, Gold Brooch, with Enamel Swan nesting on a bed of Diamonds, France, 1800; Leda and the Swan, Apulian red-figure loutrophoros C4th bce; Video Lecture by Rebecca Balcarcel Leda and the Swan by William Butler Yeats.

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